13 Rivals for Winx in 2017 Apollo Stakes Field

February 8, 2017

13 Rivals for Winx in 2017 Apollo Stakes Field

Queen Elizabeth Stakes-bound Winx will face 13 rivals when she kicks off her Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign on Saturday in the Apollo Stakes 2017 field.

Winx

Winx is the odds-on favourite in 2017 Apollo Stakes betting to successfully defend her crown in the Randwick race first-up on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Running as Randwick Race 6 at 3:10pm (AEDT), this season’s $250,000 Group 2 The Star Apollo Stakes (1400m) has surprisingly attracted a capacity field despite the presence of Chris Waller’s dual Cox Plate hero Winx.

The mighty Street Cry mare chases her 14th consecutive win first-up and defends her Apollo Stakes title after she won the race first-up last autumn as the odds-on favourite.

Since then the five-year-old has taken her Group 1 tally up to nine victories and will unsurprisingly jump at close to even money in Apollo Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Helping the punters that love to back the superstar, Ladbrokes.com.au are offering $1.80 on Winx (max bet $25) so check out the markets for the full terms and conditions.

Get $1.80 Apollo Stakes odds on Winx this weekend at Ladbrokes ($25 max bet / T&Cs apply)

A first-up flyer with five wins from six resuming runs so far, Winx is the darling of the Australian turf and is back at Royal Randwick for the first time since the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) success in September.

Hugh Bowman will be back aboard his favourite horse again on the back of two solid Rosehill trials and from a gun barrier three draw the rest of the Apollo Stakes field will be fighting for second place at best.

Regular rival but far from a danger is the returning John O’Shea-trained Hartnell who comes up against Winx for a fifth time on Saturday.

His last encounter produced the 2016 Cox Plate second when the Godolphin galloper was smashed by a record eight lengths.

Hartnell is no donkey, the Authorized six-year-old having amassed over $3 million of his own prize money to date, but up against Winx over 1400m he’ll be no match.

Yet to win first-up, the reigning Turnbull Stakes winner runs for the first time since his brave third in the Melbourne Cup and will only improve getting out over more metres later this campaign.

Waller meanwhile has also accepted for four stablemates of the already-crowned Apollo Stakes winner.

The stable’s other runners are: Preferment (8), Libran (13), Endless Drama (14) and Sacred Master (5).

Most are stayers gearing up for longer-distance targets including the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) during The Championships, especially Lawman six-year-old Libran who was last seen finishing runner-up in that race last year.

Along with Hartnell O’Shea will also saddle-up Magic Hurricane (12) who hasn’t won a race since the 2015 The Metropolitan and four-year-old Street Cry mare Ambience (2) whose last start produced a second in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) in June.

Two gun three-year-old fillies are accepted for the tough Apollo Stakes assignment this year with the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Global Glamour third-up and Lee Curtis’s Crown Oaks champion Lasqueti Spirit kicking off her campaign.

Winner of the Flight Stakes – Thousand Guineas double last spring, Global Glamour comes off a Magic Millions 3YO Guineas second and gets the rails run in the Apollo from barrier one.

Lasqueti Spirit meanwhile is drawn out in gate 10 for jockey Jay Ford to overcome.

See below for the full Apollo Stakes 2017 field and barriers, betting on which will open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Apollo Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 6 (3:10pm) – 11/02/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x5x211123x HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James Doyle 7 59kg 118
2 4110x4540x PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 8 59kg 115
3 36x561019x LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 11 59kg 110
4 x6x341112x LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 13 59kg 108
5 4249×23292 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Corey Brown 6 59kg 107
6 7966x5340x MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) John O’Shea Christian Reith 12 59kg 105
7 22x3915x0x ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 14 59kg 103
8 13x882140x SACRED MASTER (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 59kg 103
9 20x70x0592 SHIRAZ Kim Waugh Joshua Parr 9 59kg 101
10 463877031x SAVVY NATURE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 59kg 90
11 1111x1111x WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 57kg 132
12 13x850202x AMBIENCE John O’Shea Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 57kg 100
13 1x3611x92 GLOBAL GLAMOUR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 53.5kg 106
14 3x6538241x LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Jay Ford 10 53.5kg 100

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